Sensex, Nifty finish on positive mood ahead of S&P ratings

Sensex ends higher at 33,679.24 10-year bonds slide

The broader markets outperformed continued their winning momentum as the Nifty Small Cap index and the Midcap index rose by 0.29 per cent and 0.85 per cent, respectively.

Investors will be looking ahead to a report about India's sovereign ratings from Standard & Poor's. At 9.43 a.m, the Sensex was trading up 17.43 points or 0.05% at 33,578.98 with 19 components gaining.

FMCG stocks rallied the most.

The BSE market breadth was bullish - 1,510 advances and 1,225 declines.

The Nifty PSU index closed 1.26 percent higher after falling as much as 1.13 percent earlier in the day.




On the currency front, the rupee weakened by 20-12 paise to 64.70 against the USA dollar from its previous close at 64.58-59. U.S. markets closed on a soft note after Federal Reserve released the minutes of its previous meeting which showed that the policy makers are largely positive about the economy but worry that market prices are getting out of hand. Asian stocks gained after volatile trade.

Sector-wise, the S&P BSE consumer durables index surged by 580.57 points, followed by oil and gas index by 109.73 points and IT index by 92.20 points.

Among sectoral indices, BSE auto index, BSE IT index and BSE industrials index are among the top gainers.

The Sensex was trading higher in afternoon trade with Nifty too in the green in afternoon trade on Thursday.

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